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Tuesday 2 October 2018
18:30 - 20:00 BST
Human and Divine Interaction in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis:
Astrology as a Paradigm of the Interaction with the Divine
WINNER OF THE 2018 MA DISSERTATION PRIZE
The mode of interaction between human and divine planes of existence constitutes a major background in the metaphysical landscape of De Mysteriis. Incited by Porphyry's queries on polytheistic religious phenomena and practices, such as divination, sacrifice and theurgy, Iamblichus suggests that humans, through the appropriate ritual, ethical and intellectual preparation, may see and listen to the gods. In that theoretical framework, astrology is examined as a representative example of interaction with the divine.
Akindynos Kaniamos is a doctoral candidate at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) in Paris, where he currently lives. His doctoral research on ancient Greek Studies aims at exploring the progressive stages in the process of divinization, according to Neoplatonist philosophers and the cultic texts of Late Antiquity.
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